WSJ: Businesses Still Avoiding Vista
Microsoft (MSFT) recently reported higher-than-expected earnings. The Wall Street Journal dug a little deeper, finding that the new Windows Vista is not yet on the radar for most businesses. This does not mean that it will not be happening in a year or two, but for now, business adoption is slow and decelerating.
My take: Many enterprises finally upgraded to Windows XP in the last two years as they started nearing support and updates deadlines for Windows 2000. Those businesses are not in any hurry to move on to Vista. At the same time, they've heard about all the troubles people are having with the OS, and they are looking around at other systems. I think MSFT has a chance to fix Vista's worst usability problems this year, but if that does not happen with SP1, a lot more businesses will be looking for help administering their new all-Mac desktop or all-Linux desktop networks.